County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III
View On-Demand - 2010 Inauguration of County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III and County Council Members for Prince George's County, MD
On Tuesday, November 2, 2010, Rushern Baker was elected the 7th County Executive of Prince George’s County.
A modest man of courage and conviction, Rushern Baker was born on October 24, 1958 in Valdosta, Georgia. As the son of a decorated Vietnam veteran, Rushern experienced life in Okinawa, Japan; North Carolina; and Massachusetts where he graduated from high school.
Rushern converted an early struggle with reading to a hearty appetite for books, thanks to the vigorous support of his parents and a few dedicated teachers.
Rushern attended Howard University in Washington, DC where he received his Bachelor's degree in History in 1982 and later a Juris Doctorate Degree in 1986 from Howard University Law School.
Rushern's professional experiences include serving as an equal opportunity lawyer, economic development specialist, and private practice attorney. The citizens of the 22nd District (22B) elected Rushern to the Maryland House of Delegates where he served on various subcommittees and task forces from 1994 to 2003, including a stint as Chair of the Prince George's Delegation for four years.
Mr. Baker also served as Executive Director of Community Teachers Institute, a K-12 education reform nonprofit, which is based in Lanham, MD.
While at Howard University, Rushern met and married the lovely Christa Beverly, a graduate of Howard University's undergraduate program and William and Mary Law School. The couple has three children, one attending public school in Prince George's County, another attending college at St. Mary's College of Maryland and one attending graduate school at Yale University in New Haven, CT.
The Baker family lives in a modest home in Cheverly, Maryland where they have been actively engaged in improving the lives of Prince George’s County citizens for many years.